Comedy and Critical Thought

Laughter As Resistance

Author: Fred Francis,Iain MacKenzie,Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786604071

Category:

Page: 246

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First volume to reflect on both the comedy within critical theory and the role of comedians as practitioners of critique.
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The Punk Turn in Comedy

Masks of Anarchy

Author: Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319728415

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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This book examines the interconnections between punk and alternative comedy (altcom). It explores how punk’s tendency towards humour and parody influenced the trajectory taken by altcom in the UK, and the punk strategies introduced when altcom sought self-definition against dominant established trends. The Punk Turn in Comedy considers the early promise of punk-comedy convergence in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s ‘Derek and Clive’, and discusses punk and altcom’s attitudes towards dominant traditions. The chapters demonstrate how punk and altcom sought a direct approach for critique, one that rejected innuendo, while embracing the ‘amateur’ in style and experimenting with audience-performer interaction. Giappone argues that altcom tended to be more consistently politicised than punk, with a renewed emphasis on responsibility. The book is a timely exploration of the ‘punk turn’ in comedy history, and will speak to scholars of both comedy and punk studies.
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The Punk Turn in Comedy

Masks of Anarchy

Author: Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319728415

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

View: 9166

This book examines the interconnections between punk and alternative comedy (altcom). It explores how punk’s tendency towards humour and parody influenced the trajectory taken by altcom in the UK, and the punk strategies introduced when altcom sought self-definition against dominant established trends. The Punk Turn in Comedy considers the early promise of punk-comedy convergence in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s ‘Derek and Clive’, and discusses punk and altcom’s attitudes towards dominant traditions. The chapters demonstrate how punk and altcom sought a direct approach for critique, one that rejected innuendo, while embracing the ‘amateur’ in style and experimenting with audience-performer interaction. Giappone argues that altcom tended to be more consistently politicised than punk, with a renewed emphasis on responsibility. The book is a timely exploration of the ‘punk turn’ in comedy history, and will speak to scholars of both comedy and punk studies.
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The Idea of Comedy

History, Theory, Critique

Author: Jan Hokenson

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838640968

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

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One of the few constants in Western critical though for over two millennia has been the inexhaustible fascination with comedy: what it is and how it works. Yet comedy has eluded every definition. Why have so many of the leading critics and philosophers of the West proposed theories and counter-theories of comedy while often admitting that it enthralls and baffles the mind in equal measure? The Idea of Comedy: A Critique assembles a rich corpus of materials from different languages and eras to construct a history of the commentaries and reflections, the theoretical postulates and conjectures, and the often acrimonious debates about comedy-through the centuries from Plato and Aristotle to our contemporaries. The aim is dual: to situate comic theories in their historical moment, as participants in the wider intellectual currents of their time, and to trace underlying types of consensus and dispute running through different theories and intellectual generations. The book brings into view the full landscape of comic theory as a field of ideas, a terrain of thought extending from antique to recent conceptions.
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Born Standing Up

A Comic's Life

Author: Steve Martin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847395848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Steve Martin has been an international star for over thirty years. Here, for the first time, he looks back to the beginning of his career and charmingly evokes the young man he once was. Born in Texas but raised in California, Steve was seduced early by the comedy shows that played on the radio when the family travelled back and forth to visit relatives. When Disneyland opened just a couple of miles away from home, an enchanted Steve was given his first chance to learn magic and entertain an audience. He describes how he noted the reaction to each joke in a ledger - 'big laugh' or 'quiet' - and assiduously studied the acts of colleagues, stealing jokes when needed. With superb detail, Steve recreates the world of small, dark clubs and the fear and exhilaration of standing in the spotlight. While a philosophy student at UCLA, he worked hard at local clubs honing his comedy and slowly attracting a following until he was picked up to write for TV. From here on, Steve Martin became an acclaimed comedian, packing out venues nationwide. One night, however, he noticed empty seats and realised he had 'reached the top of the rollercoaster'. BORN STANDING UP is a funny and riveting chronicle of how Steve Martin became the comedy genius we now know and is also a fascinating portrait of an era.
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The Origins of Modern Critical Thought: German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism from Lessing to Hegel

Author: David Simpson

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521359023

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 449

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An exceptional resource, this 1988 book provides a comprehensive anthology in English of the major texts of German literary and aesthetic theory between Lessing and Hegel. The texts are crucial to an understanding not only of the Romantic period itself, but also of the foundational arguments of literary theory.
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Critical Theories and the Budapest School

Politics, Culture, Modernity

Author: John Rundell,Jonathan Pickle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315472430

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Critical Theories and the Budapest School brings together new perspectives on the Budapest School in the context of contemporary developments in critical theory. Engaging with the work of the prominent group of figures associated with Georg Lukács, this book sheds new light on the unique and nuanced critiques of modernity offered by this school, informed as its members’ insights have been by first-hand experiences of Nazism, Soviet-type societies, and the liberal-democratic West. With studies of topics central to contemporary critical theory, such as the political and historical consciousness of modernity, the importance of bio-politics, the complexity of the human condition, and the relevance of comedy and friendship to developing critical perspectives, the authors draw on the works of Ágnes Heller, Maria Márkus, György Márkus, and Ferenc Fehér, demonstrating their enduring relevance to critical theory today and the ways in which these philosophers can inform new perspectives on culture and politics. An innovative reassessment of the Budapest School and the importance of its legacy, this book opens a much-needed and neglected dialogue with other schools and traditions of critical theorizing that will be of interest to scholars of sociology, philosophy, and social theory.
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Mock Stars

Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny: Easyread Large Edition

Author: John Wenzel

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458747425

Category: Humor

Page: 440

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MOCK STARS TWO-DRINK MINIMUMS AND POTATO SKINS; bad Clinton jokes on late night-these used to be the hallmarks of comedy, an art relegated to the controlled environs of comedy clubs and network TV. In the late nineties, a daring breed of comedians began rejecting the status quo altogether and, by taking cues from the indie-music world, started reviving comedy as a smart and innovative art form. Mock Stars delves headfirst into this revolutionary scene, tracing the evolution of stand-up and sketch comedy from the 1970s renaissance through the 1980s boom and bust and into the progressive, tech-savvy scene of today. Combining impeccable research with witty and nuanced writing, John Wenzel profiles the major trailblazers - David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Neil Hamburger, Aimee Mann, Brian Posehn, Fred Armisen, Aziz Ansari, and many others - to reveal how comedy is becoming relevant and dangerously funny again. Andrew Earles, of famed prank-call duo Earles & Jensen, contributes a guest sidebar to further bring out the firsthand accounts and musings of the scene's members.
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Comedy and Distinction

The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour

Author: Sam Friedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135009007

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This book was shortlisted for the 2015 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. Comedy is currently enjoying unprecedented growth within the British culture industries. Defying the recent economic downturn, it has exploded into a booming billion-pound industry both on TV and on the live circuit. Despite this, academia has either ignored comedy or focused solely on analysing comedians or comic texts. This scholarship tends to assume that through analysing an artist’s intentions or techniques, we can somehow understand what is and what isn’t funny. But this poses a fundamental question – funny to whom? How can we definitively discern how audiences react to comedy? Comedy and Distinction shifts the focus to provide the first ever empirical examination of British comedy taste. Drawing on a large-scale survey and in-depth interviews carried out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the book explores what types of comedy people like (and dislike), what their preferences reveal about their sense of humour, how comedy taste lubricates everyday interaction, and how issues of social class, gender, ethnicity and geographical location interact with patterns of comic taste. Friedman asks: Are some types of comedy valued higher than others in British society? Does more ‘legitimate’ comedy taste act as a tangible resource in social life – a form of cultural capital? What role does humour play in policing class boundaries in contemporary Britain? This book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, social class, social theory, cultural studies and comedy studies.
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Festival, Comedy and Tragedy

The Greek Origins of Theatre

Author: Francisco Rodríguez Adrados

Publisher: Brill Archive

ISBN: 9789004043138

Category: Drama

Page: 470

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Humour as Politics

The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary Comedy

Author: Nicholas Holm

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319509500

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

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This book argues that recent developments in contemporary comedy have changed not just the way we laugh but the way we understand the world. Drawing on a range of contemporary televisual, cinematic and digital examples, from Seinfeld and Veep to Family Guy and Chappelle’s Show, Holm explores how humour has become a central site of cultural politics in the twenty-first century. More than just a form of entertainment, humour has come to play a central role in the contemporary media environment, shaping how we understand ideas of freedom, empathy, social boundaries and even logic. Through an analysis of humour as a political and aesthetic category, Humour as Politics challenges older models of laughter as a form of dissent and instead argues for a new theory of humour as the cultural expression of our (neo)liberal moment.
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The Lost Second Book of Aristotle's "Poetics"

Author: Walter Watson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226875083

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Of all the writings on theory and aesthetics—ancient, medieval, or modern—the most important is indisputably Aristotle’s Poetics, the first philosophical treatise to propound a theory of literature. In the Poetics, Aristotle writes that he will speak of comedy—but there is no further mention of comedy. Aristotle writes also that he will address catharsis and an analysis of what is funny. But he does not actually address any of those ideas. The surviving Poetics is incomplete. Until today. Here, Walter Watson offers a new interpretation of the lost second book of Aristotle's Poetics. Based on Richard Janko’s philological reconstruction of the epitome, a summary first recovered in 1839 and hotly contested thereafter, Watson mounts a compelling philosophical argument that places the statements of this summary of the Aristotelian text in their true context. Watson renders lucid and complete explanations of Aristotle’s ideas about catharsis, comedy, and a summary account of the different types of poetry, ideas that influenced not only Cicero’s theory of the ridiculous, but also Freud’s theory of jokes, humor, and the comic. Finally, more than two millennia after it was first written, and after five hundred years of scrutiny, Aristotle’s Poetics is more complete than ever before. Here, at last, Aristotle’s lost second book is found again.
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Strange Bedfellows

How Late-night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke

Author: Russell Leslie Peterson

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813542847

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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A significant number of Americans get some of their "news" about politics and national affairs from comedy shows. Is "infotainment" a debasement, or a replacement, for traditional news outlets?
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The Comedy of Errors (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1610426193

Category: Drama

Page: 150

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The Comedy of Errors, is of course, a comedy, and was possibly written as early as 1591 and is on record as being performed in 1594 in London. It is the shortest of Shakespeare’s works with just eighteen hundred lines. The playwright adapted the play from a work by the ancient Roman playwright Plautus called Menaechmi. The play is set in Syracuse, Sicily when it was part of the Roman Empire. The play’s action revolves around the unlikely scenario of two sets of identical twins that are separated as infants and are reunited years later in the city of Ephesus. Most of the play’s plot is taken up with the hilarity that ensues from the twins being mistaken for each other. This annotated edition includes a biography and critical essay.
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Overweight Sensation

The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

Author: Mark Cohen

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1611682568

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 353

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Examines the comedian's life, discussing his rapid fame and decline into obscurity.
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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-up Comedian

Author: W. Kamau Bell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101985879

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

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W. Kamau Bell delivers a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations, fatherhood, the state of law enforcement today, comedians and superheroes, right-wing politics, and so much more.
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George Meredith's Essay On Comedy and Other New Quarterly Magazine Publications

A Critical Edition

Author: George Meredith,Maura C. Ives

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838753491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 361

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In this book, Meredith's prose is presented for the first time in a critical edition. Its goal is to present Meredith's words as he intended them to be read, without the errors of his publishers, and with a complete scholarly apparatus that allows readers to re-create the history of each work's transmission. Each text, originally published in the New Quarterly Magazine between 1877 and 1879, is accompanied by a textual history, a list of editorial emendations, a historical collation (showing how Meredith's texts changed over time), and additional lists and tables as determined by the special circumstances of each text.
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Comic Genius

Portraits of Funny People

Author: N.A

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452131953

Category: Photography

Page: 200

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This star-studded tribute to the kings and queens of comedy draws together such legendary names as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and many more. Granted extraordinary access, photographer Matt Hoyle has captured his subjects in portraits that are works of art in themselves—by turns zany and deadpan, laugh-out-loud and contemplative. Accompanying them are first-person reflections from each of the comedians on life and laughter that always cut straight to the heart of comedy: it's funny because it's true. Page after sidesplitting page in Comic Genius offers prose as engaging as each portrait is memorable. Here, in one handsome package, is the gift of laughter itself. Comic Genius is proud to support Save The Children.
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Shakespeare

An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1945-2000

Author: Russ McDonald

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631234883

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 952

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Shakespeare: Criticism and Theory is an anthology of the most significant essays and book chapters published on Shakespeare in the second half of the twentieth century. An anthology of about 50 of the most significant essays and book chapters published on Shakespeare in the second half of the twentieth century. Introduces students to the variety of theoretical positions, thematic claims, methodologies, and modes of argument in Shakespeare criticism over the last 50 years. Critical views represented range from the old style historicism of E.M.W. Tillyard and the new criticism of William Empson to the new historicism of Stephen Greenblatt and the feminist perspective of Catherine Belsey. Pieces are organised into categories of critical thought and introduced in clear language. Most pieces are reproduced in their entirety.
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The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486112233

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Two sets of identical twins provide the basis for ongoing incidents of mistaken identity, within a lively plot of quarrels, arrests, and a grand courtroom denouement. One of Shakespeare's earliest comedic efforts.
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